he

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pronoun

ˈhē How to pronounce he (audio)
ē
1
: that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer
he is my father
compare him, his, it, she, they
2
used in a generic sense or when the gender of the person is unspecified
he that hath ears to hear, let him hear Matthew 11:15 (King James Version)one should do the best he can

he

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noun (1)

1
: a male person or animal
2
: one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal
usually used in combination
that's what I call he-literature Sinclair Lewis

he

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noun (2)

: the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet see Alphabet Table

He

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symbol

helium

HE

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abbreviation

1
Her Excellency; His Excellency
2
high efficiency
3
high explosive
4
His Eminence

Word History

Etymology

Pronoun

Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old English hēo she, hit it, Old High German he, Latin cis, citra on this side, Greek ekeinos that person

Noun (2)

Hebrew hē'

First Known Use

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of he was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“He.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/he. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

he

pronoun

(ˈ)hē,
ē
1
: that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer
he is my father
2
used in a general sense or when the sex of the person is unknown
everyone should do the best he can

Medical Definition

He

symbol

helium

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